The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians has survived a late comeback against Samoa to win their opening Pacific Nations Cup by 24-22 at the ANZ Stadium.
Fiji scored four tries while Samoa scored three.
Fiji’s first try came in the 26th minute from fullback Kini Murimurivalu which was set up by Vereniki Goneva.
Their second try was scored by flyhalf Ben Volavola in the 35th minute after a dummy and outpacing three Samoans players to the try line.
Halfback Henry Seniloli scored the third try from a brilliant piece of play which involves Jale Vatubua, Leone Nakarawa and Goneva.
Fiji was leading 17-3 at half time with Tusi Pisi kicking Samoa’s penalty.
The national side came back strongly in the second half with a wonderful awaited highball from Ben Volavola that send Goneva to his second try and fourth for Fiji.
Samoa completely dominate the second half as they scored two tries.
Meanwhile Flying Fijians coach John McKee was concerned with the discipline that saw three yellow cards to his side include captain Akapusi Qera, Jale Vatubua and Eroni Mawi.
Fiji will now take on Georgia at 3.30pm next Saturday while Samoa will meet Tonga at the ANZ Stadium.
Meanwhile Georgia edged Tonga 16-15 in the first match.ADVERTISEMENT Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.